Women Empowerment Promotes Quality Education PDF Print E-mail

Zimbabwe Teachers' Association (ZIMTA), as an Education International (E.I.), affiliate member, is part of the global campaign that is focusing on mobilizing and demanding for governments and policymakers to act to raise the quality of education in Zimbabwe, guarantee its availability and accessibility to all.

 

Created: 8 March 2014

 

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 8th MARCH 2014
Press Statement from Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA)
 
Zimbabwe Teachers' Association (ZIMTA), as an Education International (E.I.), affiliate member, is part of the global campaign that is focusing on mobilizing and demanding for governments and policymakers to act to raise the quality of education in Zimbabwe, guarantee its availability and accessibility to all.
 
As the women teachers' of Zimbabwe celebrate Women's Day 2014, under the national theme, Linking Women to Markets, Changing the face of development through ZIM-ASSET, it will also be important to consider that women teachers have come a long way, as they have travelled through a hard, thorny road to achieve recognition in their profession and also to be accorded the same respect, status and equal salaries as the male counterparts.
 
Women of the teaching fraternity today, celebrate the equal access to leadership and promotion opportunities at the workplace, although, more can still be done to upgrade and recognize women's roles and their contribution and delivery of quality education.
 
Women are mostly celebrated for the role that they play in delivering quality education, which is not only the teaching of how to excel in examinations and get good grades, but are mainly responsible for producing the whole being, who combines high academic achievements with Unhu or Ubuntu in order to become a responsible, global citizen.
 
“An educated woman is in a stronger position to bargain with her family and negotiate with her husband who may enable her to secure more resources for her children,” says United Nations Population Fund Report (UNFPA) 2013. This is the woman that teachers of Zimbabwe want to nurture.
 
In its quest to promote quality, ZIMTA is in the process of facilitating local, regional and international trips for women who are in need of exploring new markets and looking for business opportunities and income generating projects, as a way of enhancing their incomes and therefore improving their living conditions.
 
Access to income generating projects, should be increased for women teachers in the rural areas so as to have better results for ZIM-ASSET.
 
For almost a decade, Zimbabwean teachers have remained as underpaid professionals, and empirical evidence has shown that women teachers are hardest hit as they have to rely on the low salaries to feed families or run the homes. They deserve to be paid quality salaries that should transform their lives and enable them to survive above the poverty datum line.
 
Girls have not been spared from the call to have governments work on policies that improve access to public quality education. Education of the girl child remains crucial and the world needs to rise above cultural and religious beliefs that create barriers to the advancement of the girl child's education.
 
In Zimbabwe, we applaud the Affirmative Action policy that creates opportunities for girls to advance to higher education.
As the theme suggests, when more women are empowered to venture into businesses and when they have access and links to markets, poverty levels amongst professional teachers can be reduced, as they can find avenues and means of supplementing meager incomes.
 
Women teachers must be accorded opportunities of enhancing their incomes through venturing into business ventures that enable them to better their living conditions and supplement their incomes.
 
For, women in the labour movement, ZIMTA believes that the quality education cause can be better advanced by women teachers who understand quality education and its three pillars which include, quality teaching; modern quality tools for teaching and learning; and quality teaching and learning environments.
 
ZIMTA aspires to have more women taking up leadership posts both in education and ZIMTA administration and fight for the betterment of the teachers' living and working conditions. 
 
Indeed ZIMTA joins the rest of the world in inspiring change for the betterment of teachers' living conditions and the attainment of quality education.
 
Yours in the Struggle
 
JOHN MLILO
ZIMTA SECRETARY GENERAL
 

 

 

 

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